J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Turner's Address: 47 Queen Anne Street 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 52 Verso:
Turner’s Address: 47 Queen Anne Street 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 52a
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 94 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘JMW Turner | 47 Queen Anne St | West’
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook inverted, Turner has used this page to copy out his own address. The artist tore out at least one page from this notebook (between folios 51 and 52; D25621, D25623) and he may have intended to tear out this page to give to someone, or else just used the page to show someone his address to copy down. Writing his address in the sketchbook may have been a precaution in case the book was lost, although if this was his intention it is strange that he did not use the front or back page instead.1
Turner seems to have moved into 47 Queen Anne Street West in 1809, and kept it as his home and gallery for the rest of his life (though from 1846 he lived in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea).2

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

It is interesting to point out that Turner noted down Robert Cadell’s address in the Berwick sketchbook (Tate D25656; Turner Bequest CCLXV 8a).
James Hamilton, ‘Queen Anne Street West’, Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.[252].

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Turner’s Address: 47 Queen Anne Street 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-turners-address-47-queen-anne-street-r1133984, accessed 29 March 2020.